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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

The Realities of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and potential infection. Typically affecting the big toe, ingrown toenails can result from a variety of factors. Improper nail trimming, such as rounding the corners or cutting them too short, increases the likelihood of ingrowth. Wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can exert pressure on the toes, contributing to the development of ingrown nails. Additionally, injury or trauma to the toe, genetic predisposition, and underlying health conditions like fungal infections or diabetes can elevate the risk. Ignoring ingrown toenails can lead to complications, including infections that may require medical intervention. Seeking timely attention from a podiatrist for ingrown toenails can help alleviate discomfort and prevent potential complications. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer successful treatment options, which may include minor surgery for relief.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Foot Problems Can Signal Other Conditions

The feet often bear the weight of your daily life without much appreciation, but they can serve as early warning signs for various health issues. For instance, persistent numbness may indicate poor blood flow, possibly linked to conditions like diabetes. Morning foot pain often signals arthritis or plantar fasciitis. Other concerning symptoms, such as sores that will not heal, discolored toenails, or sudden swelling may point to conditions ranging from peripheral neuropathy to deep vein thrombosis. Even seemingly minor changes, like hair loss on the toes or a burning sensation in the feet, may indicate underlying problems such as peripheral arterial disease or neuropathy. The key takeaway is the importance of paying attention to these signals and seeking professional medical advice promptly when there are concerns. In conclusion, our feet serve as a vital barometer of our overall health. By being attentive to changes in your feet, you can potentially identify underlying health issues early and take appropriate measures to address them. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or other type of foot discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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High heels are known for their stylish appearance, but they can lead to heel pain and foot problems, including Haglund's deformity. The design of many high-heeled shoes places increased pressure on the back of the heel, leading to friction and irritation. High heels and pumps often have rigid backs or narrow heel counters, which can contribute to rubbing against the heel. This persistent rubbing can cause the formation of a bony enlargement at the back of the heel, known as Haglund’s deformity. Haglund’s is also known as pump bump because pumps so often contribute to the development of the condition. Choosing shoes with softer, more accommodating heel structures and avoiding styles that excessively press on the back of the heel can play a pivotal role in preventing or minimizing the risk of developing this condition. If you are experiencing heel pain or Haglund’s deformity, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can help you find the cause of your pain, and guide you toward selecting appropriate shoes. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Why Children Develop Ingrown Toenails

Children and teens can experience ingrown toenails, a painful condition caused by the edge of a toenail growing into the surrounding skin. Signs of ingrown toenails can include toe pain, redness and pus emerging from the edge of the toenail, and tenderness while walking. Common causes of ingrown toenails in children include improper toenail trimming that leads to sharp edges which can penetrate the skin, or wearing tight shoes that puts pressure on the toes. Additionally, trauma to the toe, such as stubbing or dropping something on it, can lead to ingrown toenails. It is important for parents and caregivers to be mindful of how they trim their child's nails to prevent ingrown toenails and the infections they can cause. If a child experiences persistent discomfort or ingrown toenails that keep coming back, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist, who can help address the issue and prevent further complications.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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